Going Through the Flow of Flood Damage
It is typically a good idea to bring in a remediation company to properly take of the damage that a comes after a flood. Whether people choose to do hire a professional or not, there are certain things they need to do after a home is flood damaged. Initially, the first thing to do is to open doors and windows and have fans going to blow air out of the home. The next step is to tear up and get rid of any carpet or padding that is flood soaked. They can never be saved. Since mold grows in place where there is no air flowing and locations that are dark, it is also a good idea to blow air against perimeter walls to stop mold from growing. The next step is to dry out the home. To get rid of standing water, use a wet-dry shop vacuum, electric water transfer pump, or sump pump. If a person is going to be standing in water, they need to wear rubber boots. If the vents in a home were exposed to floodwater, people need to wait to turn their HVAC unit back on until the ducts are inspected and cleaned by a professional. Items that cannot be disinfected or fixed need to be disposed off. This includes: mattresses, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, items made out of foam rubber, books, wall coverings, and the majority of paper products. Any drywall and insulation that is soaked from the flood needs to torn out and thrown away. The next step is to get rid of mold and sanitizing the area.
If a home has an area of mold that is greater than ten feet, the people that live there need to hire a professional to get rid of the mold. To prevent or get rid of mold, clean hard surfaces with hot water and dish soap or laundry detergent. Then, disinfect the area with a ten percent bleach solution (one cup of bleach to a gallon of water). Put a thin layer of bleach over the whole area. Use a sprayer or sponge, but avoid excessive areas of runoff or standing pools. Do not combine ammonia and bleach due to the fact that it causes a deadly and toxic gas. While cleaning up mold, a person needs to wear rubber boots and gloves, goggles, and an N95 respirator mask. The area needs to be dried totally afterwards. Also, clothing that were contaminated with floodwater need to be cleaned with hot water and detergent.